As we wrap up this entire series, if you remember nothing else, remember two words — But God. When those idols that bring you your identity lie to you about who you are, stating anything other than who God says you are remember, "But God." He's so rich in his mercy and kindness.
The words that you use will set the course of your life because the most important person who hears your words is you. If you tell yourself vague, protected things that you're trying to get off the hook, and don't ever go to repentant language, which is specific that connects with what we really are doing, we go down the complete wrong path.
When the opinions of other people begin to become more important than God's opinion of me, something is wrong. Because when somone's opinion of me matters to me more than what God's opinion of me matters, it forms an idol.
What do I do when all my thoughts, my desires, my wants, my finances and my free time begin to revolve around what I don't have? How do I deal with the never ending feeling that my best is not good enough or that I will never measure up? Pastor Clay gives us some insights from the life of Gideon.
"The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10
Jesus’ offer is to THRIVE not just SURVIVE! As a church, we are looking forward to a future where people all around us are thriving in life. They are growing in their relationship with Jesus, they are building life-long friendships with people here, and they are finding their purpose in life.
"May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." Ephesians 4:19 Pastor Joseph McMurry explains that, "God is crazy about YOU!"
Fear of failure doesn't prevent us from failing. It robs us of the joy of living. It robs us of the joy of our relationship with God. It robs us of the joy of relationships in our life right now. In the story of Moses there are some lessons we can learn that will help us deal with the fear of failure.
What is God’s will for my life? This question, has created a great deal of stress and a great deal of fear for a lot of people. Because in general, we have been taught that God has a secret plan for you. And it's your job, as a Christian, to figure out what this secret plan is. So that you can live the life that God wants you to live. But what if there is another way of looking at God’s will?
Whatever fears you're having to battle through, whatever limits have been placed on your life because of your fear of the unknown, you can trust God no matter what's in flux in your life. Because He is constant. His love for you it's constant. He is with you.
A battle to fight. An adventure to live. A beauty to rescue.
These are the core desires panting deep in the heart of every man. They are essential in order to live life as a man; they provide the power for his life. Misplaced, forgotten, or misdirected, they do not go away. But what happens to those desires as life passes? Is it possible to rediscover them? What does God have to say about all this?
We've all struggled with fear. It strikes the weak and the powerful; it haunts the young, the old, the rich and the poor. Fear is a thief. It erodes our faith, steals our freedom and runs away with our hope and joy. But Scripture tells us that if you have fear in your life, it's not that you have a fear problem. The issue is that you have a faith problem. SO, our focus should not be on how can I fear less, rather, how can I trust God more.
One of the pictures the Bible gives of you and I is that we are containers. We are meant to be filled with something. Jesus tells us that real power comes when you’re filled with the Holy Spirit and that we’re meant to be filled with God’s presence. God wants to be part of our everyday lives. So how is that done?
Joseph McMurry explains to us that we, as followers of Jesus, are the church. And we are better together. 1 Corinthians. 12:18-20 "But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
Matt Hastings teaches us that the way we live now is shaped by what we believe is coming in the future. And because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have hope in this life and the life to come. “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 1 Corinthians. 15:19